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Capital Region's 50 Essential Restaurants: A 2017 guide

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The newest issue of Upstate magazine comes out Thursday, and we hope it makes you hungry.

Preet Bharara retraces steps leading to his firing by Trump

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Preet Bharara — who as U.S. attorney rocked state government with cases against Sheldon Silver, Dean Skelos and officials with ties to the governor — recounted his interactions with Donald Trump and his ultimate firing in his inaugural…


Which Capital Region grads have the most student debt?

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Students who graduated from Capital Region-area colleges and universities in 2016 left with an average debt load of anywhere from $21,217 to $35,874, according to a Times Union analysis of data from the 2015-16 school year. On the high end…

Ethics watchdog gives thumbs-up to Cuomo plane trip, scrutinizes others


When Gov. Andrew Cuomo took a free private jet ride to the Virgin Islands last week that was paid for by a Manhattan billionaire who had just benefited from a bill signed by the governor, the state's lobbying and ethics watchdog signed off…

Schenectady affirmative action officer sees slow but sure progress

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SCHENECTADY - Three months after Ron Gardner was hired as the city's affirmative action officer, Schenectady held its inaugural minority and women owned business networking social at Proctors in June.

Marchione fires longtime confidential secretary

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HALFMOON — State Sen. Kathleen A. Marchione abruptly fired her longtime confidential secretary this week after the secretary's husband campaigned for a seat on the Rensselaer County Legislature against another member of the senator's staff.

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Victors in Albany primary for mayor, council president take 12 of 15 wards


ALBANY — Most of the Albany wards, 12 out of the 15, favored incumbent Mayor Kathy Sheehan in last week's Democratic Primary, who even secured three out of the five majority-minority wards in the capital city, a breakdown of the Albany…

Clifton Park 5K run aims to raise $50k for pediatric cancer

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CLIFTON PARK - At age 12, Nick Cammarata was diagnosed with T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Despite rounds of intensive chemotherapy, he died four months later.

Zara opens Thursday at Crossgates Mall


European fashion retailer Zara will open its first Capital Region store at 10 a.m. Thursday at Crossgates Mall. The two-level, 33,376-square-foot store includes clothing and accessories for men, women and children.

Teens indicted in Mechanicville murder

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BALLSTON SPA - The two teens who police said shot and killed a Mechanicville teen in his driveway were indicted on murder charges Wednesday morning in Saratoga County Court.

Albany's backup reservoir experiences algae bloom


WESTERLO — It's not the first time that Basic Creek Reservoir has experienced an algae bloom, marked by a gooey green-blue tint to the water in the City of Albany's backup water source.


Troy land bank hires new leader

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TROY – The Troy Community Land Bank voted unanimously Wednesday to hire Anthony Tozzi as its new executive director.

Interested in growing hemp? Applications open for state pilot program

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Farmers, businesses, universities and research groups can apply to grow and process hemp through a New York State pilot program.

Former Corinth police chief dies in fatal crash

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HADLEY - The former chief of police for the village of Corinth died Wednesday morning in an early morning crash on Antone Mountain Road, Saratoga County Sheriff's Office said.


LGBTQ group to rally with hotel workers

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ALBANY - The LGBTQ community is throwing its support behind picketing workers at the Hilton Albany hotel.

National Grid shows off support for upstate farms

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NORTHUMBERLAND - Not all of the high-tech businesses in Saratoga County make computer chips or software code.


California heat wave hits Albany berry supplies

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A Labor Day weekend heat wave followed by rain has damaged California's raspberry crop, likely crimping supply in coming days in the Capital Region and elsewhere. Other berry crops also may be affected.

Halfmoon developer Tanski tells residents to stick with County Waste

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HALFMOON — The town developer who admitted to violating election laws and is the subject of an FBI investigation into his business practices is now telling area residents who should be hauling away their trash.


East Greenbush school board fills vacancy

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The East Greenbush board of education has tapped a lifelong school district resident and volunteer to fill a vacancy on the school board.


Absentees help Jahmel Robinson win Albany's 5th Ward council seat

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ALBANY — Absentee ballot counts helped West Hill resident Jahmel Robinson overcome a deficit in winning the 5th Ward Common Council seat.

Latest indictment in Percoco case hones government's charges

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ALBANY — A federal grand jury has returned a second superseding indictment in a major corruption case involving a former top aide to the governor who was snared in a state economic development scandal.

Photo: Car slams into Rensselaer County office building

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TROY - A car crashed into the Rensselaer County Department of Social Services building Wednesday morning, leaving the driver with minor injuries.

State's cities fell short on economic growth

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The economies of the nation's cities grew an average of 1.7 percent last year, new figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis show.


Warrant Wednesday: Troopers seek man accused of choking woman

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A man accused of choking a woman until she was unconscious is among the fugitives State Police said they are looking for as part of their Warrant Wednesday initiative.


Albany misses out on nearly $90K in 2016 due to tax break error

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The city has missed out on nearly $90,000 in tax revenue for 2016 alone due to the city assessor granting improper tax breaks to some properties, a report completed by a local firm concluded Wednesday.


No foul play in death of woman found in Troy pond, police said

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Detectives do not suspect foul play was involved in the death of a woman whose body was found Tuesday in Burden Pond on Campbell Avenue, Troy police said Wednesday morning.

Kinderhook crash puts one in ICU, troopers said

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A passenger in a car that collided with another vehicle in Kinderhook was taken to the intensive care unit at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday, State Police said.


ShopRite's first Rensselaer County store taking shape

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ShopRite's first Rensselaer County store is taking shape at Van Rensselaer Square in North Greenbush. The 55,000-square-foot store is expected to open before the end of the year, a company spokeswoman said Tuesday.

NY investing $1 million in N. Greenbush LED firm

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ALBANY - New York state's venture capital fund is investing $1 million in Vital Vio, an LED maker that has been one of the region's most promising startups.


Photos: Dads Take Your Child to School Day

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TROY -- On Tuesday, "Dads Take Your Child to School Day" was celebrated at all five Troy City School District elementary schools.